1. Newsletter: September 2016

    September 8, 2016

    We Can’t Wait to See You!

    Welcome back to campus! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of exciting work to do this year. We will continue offering opportunities in social entrepreneurship and internships, and we look forward to partnering with U-M schools and community organizations for an exciting new Social Impact Challenge.

    Join us at the Ross School of Business in Room R0230 this Thursday Sep. 8 at 4:30pm for the Center for Social Impact Student Kickoff to learn about the Center’s offerings and meet fellow Social Impact students from Ross and other schools.

    Following the Kickoff, stop by the Social Impact Happy Hour hosted jointly by the Center and Net Impact @ Ross at 5:30pm for food and drinks at Dominick’s, nearby.

    Apply Today for Board Fellowship Program

    Board Fellowship Information Sessions and the application deadline are next week! The Center for Social Impact’s Board Fellowship program places top graduate students as board members at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. The application, which includes a complete list of participating organizations, is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 16 at noon.

    You must attend one of the info sessions below in order to apply for 2016-17:

    Why I Chose to Spend My Internship Working with Entrepreneurs in Salt Lake City

    This past summer, Social Entrepreneurship Fellow Brianna Brazell (MBA/MS ’17) worked with the Center for Social Impact and the Erb Institute to create her own internship experience in her hometown. Brianna arranged to spend two weeks each with five entrepreneurs — Avrec Art House, The Chocolate Conspiracy, The Utah House, Jed’s Barber Shop and Buzzed Coffee Truck. In a blog, she candidly shares her background, her hopes for the summer, and the experiences that shaped those ten weeks.

    Interested in learning more about how the Center can support your summer experience? Attend the Internship Info Session, Oct. 6.


    New Course to Address Board Governance

    Professor Janet Weiss announces a new course being offered in Fall B 2016. Though not a requirement for Board Fellowship participation, this 1.5 credit course will help students develop the understanding and skills that will enable them to be effective board members now and in the future. For questions, contact Janet Weiss or see the course brief.

    We’ve Moved!

    Last month we moved to the brand-new building on the Ross School of Business campus. Now, you can find us on the third floor of Kresge West at K3510. We are pleased to share our floor with our friends from Erb, Sanger, and other centers. Next to our suite is a new collaborative student work space.


    Where You Can Find Us This Month

    September is a time for greeting returning students and acquainting new students with us. We will be at the following sessions this month, and we’d love to say “hi.”

    School of Social Work
    Information Fair
    Sep. 7: Noon – 2 pm

    Taubman School of Architecture
    Welcome Picnic
    Sep. 9: Noon – 2 pm

    Ford School of Public Policy
    Student Organizations Fair
    Sep. 13: 11:30 am – 1 pm

    Entrepreneurs Mingle ‘n’ Match

    Tues, Sept. 20, 5 – 7 pm
    @ TechArb (505 E. Liberty)

    Social entrepreneurs are encouraged to take part in this event, sponsored by all of the entrepreneurial programs across campus, including the Center for Social Impact. Mingle with us, and then pitch to prospective team members and conclude with targeted networking. Email minglenmatch@umich.edu if you plan to pitch. Please include your first and last name, company name and a 1-2 line description of your startup idea.

    Community News and Events

    Brand Camp Summit

    Tues, Sep. 13
    @ LTU Detroit Center for Design

    Brand Camp is a gathering of thought leaders, technologists, geeks, and creatives around a discussion on branding, entrepreneurial thinking, social media and the use of technology. Brand Camp helps people build, launch, and grow ideas and use technology as personal brands, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs (employees), small businesses and corporations that change cities, like Detroit.

    Free Consulting to Nonprofits

    Does your organization need help with information management?

    The University of Michigan School of Information is seeking clients to receive free consulting on information management needs, from information process flow to content management systems. Project lengths can range from one day to an entire term.

    Find out more

    Handleman Lecture: Malcolm Gladwell

    Tues, Sept. 13: 6:30 pm
    @ Hill Auditorium

    Ross is excited to welcome best-selling author and entrepreneur, Malcolm Gladwell for a lecture entitled “The Innovator’s Heart: The Social Context of Entrepreneurship.” In this event, he will discuss business creation from his unique and often provocative perspective. The event is open to the public, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Detroit Design Festival

    Wed-Sun, Sep. 21-25
    around Detroit

    The sixth-annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF), returns with its annual citywide celebration of creativity. The event brings together designers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit’s role as a design capital. In celebration of Detroit’s new designation as a UNESCO City of Design – the first city in the United States – DDF events and programs will be exploring the ways in which design is shaping Detroit’s future.

    Detroit Soup Citywide Soup

    Sun, Sep. 25: 6 – 8:30 pm
    @ Jam Handy, Detroit

    Join microgranters and innovators for a potluck dinner where neighbors help fund neighborhood projects! Learn about creative projects happening in Detroit and vote on which project to fund with the money raised from the dinner. Anyone is welcome to attend the dinner, but all project proposals must benefit Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park residents.


    Center for Social Impact Kickoff
    and Happy Hour

    Sep 8: 4:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R0230 & Dominick’s

    Board Fellowship
    Information Session

    Sep. 12: 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R2230

    Internship Information Session
    Oct. 6: 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R2320